Wisconsin AG defends concealed carry rules to NRA

CREATED Oct 20, 2011

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  • Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MADISON- Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is defending Wisconsin's new concealed carry regulations against complaints from the National Rifle Association.

The NRA contends the state Justice Department went too far by dictating that permit applicants get at least four hours of training and have their instructors sign completion certificates.

Van Hollen has defended the regulations to the media, but on Thursday sent a formal letter to the NRA saying DOJ was well within its authority.

The attorney general argued the concealed carry statutes require an undefined training course and the four-hour requirement clarifies the parameters.

He adds that having an instructor sign a certificate only makes sense.